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August 13 · Issue #28 · View online
Middle East AI News is a weekly news digest covering artificial intelligence news from across the region.

Good morning!
Here’s your weekly roundup of Middle East AI News!
News abounds this week about Saudi Arabia’s King Salman Bin Abdulaziz approval of the national artificial intelligence strategy. However, I wasn’t happy with any of the stories I found on the topic so I wrote my own here.
The Saudi Press Agency published comments made by the president of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority (SDAIA) and these were picked up by other media across the region. The bottom line is that the Saudi National Strategy for Data and Artificial Intelligence developed by the SDAIA is now approved by the King and will be implemented, but no details have yet been publicly revealed.
Also two interesting events launched this week, LEAP 2021 and Step Anywhere (24-26 August) - scroll down for details. Meanwhile, sources tell me that Riyadh’s Global AI Summit may now be postponed until 2021.
Stay safe and have a great weekend!
/Carrington

AI Policy
Saudi national AI strategy approved by King Salman Saudi national AI strategy approved by King Salman
Egypt takes great steps to implement its artificial intelligence strategy: Minister
Smart Cities
Saudi Arabia's NEOM picks Bechtel for NEOM smart city utilities and transport contracts
Ecommerce
Amazon Project Zero launches in the UAE and Saudi Arabia alongside five other countries worldwide
Education
First class shapes up at Abu Dhabi's artificial intelligence university
100 Emiratis set to excel in AI, coding and cybersecurity
Smart Farming
Egypt to introduce artificial intelligence in irrigation water management
Events
STEP Conference is going online this August, so here's what's happening STEP Conference is going online this August, so here's what's happening
Saudi Arabia to host major global tech event with aims to boost foreign investment
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